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Mon. January 4, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Nature Coast is 11-2 headed into what coach Dave Pisarcik is calling one of the biggest games of the season - a trip to Wiregrass Ranch next Tuesday night.

The Sharks, who are in the midst of a 13-day break from games, have suffered losses to a pair of state ranked teams in Tampa Prep and Punta Gorda Charlotte. 

"That's the type of competition we want," Pisarcik said. "If our only losses are to state ranked team, we'll take it."

One of the latest things to impress Pisarcik was Nature Coast's comeback for a 63-60 win against Seffner Christian last Tuesday.

"We were down seven with two minutes left in the against Seffner Christian and found a way to win," Pisarcik said. "I was impressed; 11-2 is exactly where I thought we'd be."

Sharks sophomore Tyler Bergantino was named MVP of the tournament, and senior Adam Smith joined him for first-team honors.

Pisarcik also complimented the play of Blake Lowman and Donovan Ingram.

To prepare for the Bulls, Pisarcik said practice will take on an intense tone with possibly some older players coming in to challenge the kids during practice.

"That's one of the biggest games on the schedule," Pisarcik said. "We're in the driver's seat in the district in first place. If we don't win against Wiregrass that changes everything. It's a big game for us."

igould@tampabay.com

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